Moorea's Ark in Hana Hou

HanaHouAll passengers on Hawaiian Airlines have a chance to catch up on the Moorea Biocode Project. Michael Shapiro - lead editor from Hana Hou Magazine - was embedded with the final field team earlier this year and captured the last push to document marine diversity. Michael's writing captures the excitement, passion and enthusiasm of all involved. Check out the full article here. Great photos by David Liittschwager!

Science Fair ( Biocode days 24-27)

Each year « Proscience » organises a Fair where they invite research stations based in French Polynesia to show their research and to inform the population. Since the beginning of MBP, we participate each year to this fair, showing to people (pupils, students, population…) movie, collections, posters and give explanations on the goal of MBP.


science fair.jpg505.02 KB
science fair 2.jpg326.47 KB

In the News: National Geographic

National Geographic Daily News National Geographic just released a great series of news articles focusing on Moorea (link here), particularly the Biocode Project and the relationship between people and biodiversity. Reporter Tasha Eichenseher spent a great deal of time pursuing these narratives, and when wedded with David Liittschwager's photos, this set of stories helps to convey why we are doing "Biocode". In addition to a story on the inventory itself, there are additional pieces on linking science with tradition, archaeology, another cubic foot by David, and an Infinite Image of Moorea's own cast of critters.

Biocode LIMS PlugIn released

The Biocode/Geneious LIMS PlugIn is being released today for others to use. For the last 2 years, Biocode has been working with Biomatters, a software company from New Zealand and makers of the Geneious Platform, to create an Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to track workflows from tissues generated in the field through the molecular pipeline of extraction, PCR and sequencing. After the Connect Webinar last June, we have finally worked out most kinks and set up a distribution and support system for users (click here). A group site has also been set up on the Barocde of Life's Connect Site as a user forum for issues and discussion. LIMS PlugIn

Team Spineless on the Scene

Spineless Blog

Team Spineless has arrived this fall in Moorea to continue their escapades from the highest peaks to the depths of the reef. Follow their blog from FLMNH here to get the stories from Jenna, Mandy, John, Art and Sea as they lead the fall season of the Marine Invertebrate team on adventures of discovery.

Art and Biocode

BOLD Rossano

Joe Rossano

Artist Joseph Rossano took inspiration from a visit to Moorea in December 2009 to create his BOLD: Moorea project. Concentrating on animals that are found living together on a coral head, Joe used his art to weave a story of interconenctedness. The pieces were  on display at the Lowe Gallery in Atlanta earlier this year. A pdf of the show's catalogue can be found here. Joe has worked with other barcoding ventures, including Dan Janzen's Costa Rican work with butterflies, caterpillars and plant hosts.

CUNY in the South Pacific

Hickerlab Sampling

Follow Michael Hickerson's (City University New York) blog describing his Biocode experiences. Mike brought a group of REU students to Moorea to help sample foreign substrates for marine species. They were particularly on the lookout for invasive species. They spent lots of time snorkeling around docks, wharves, jetties, piers, and even overwater bungalows! Tires turned out to be pretty good habitat. Read more at the link above.

Biocode on TNTV

The local TV channel TNTV presented Moorea Biocode marine and terrestrial activities during the TV news, at a high audience time-slot .Biocode members became instantly local stars! And TNTV found the program so exciting that they are now working on a 52 minutes documentary!





Snow shuts down Biocode

"Snowmaggedon" hit Washington DC this last month with two consecutive snowstorms bringing record snowfall to the region. Over a meter of snow fell on the city and closed government facilities for over a week. This included the Smithsonian's LAB facility where the DNA samples are analyzed and DNA barcodes are created. We lost two weeks of productivity because of it, but are back in business cranking out data now. Lots to make up for.


img_1683.jpg921.01 KB

A cubic foot of reef

For the February 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine, photographer David Liittschwager crafted a one-foot-square metal cube and placed itin a range of ecosystems-land and water, tropical and temperate,freshwater and marine. Over several weeks at each location,Liittschwager and a team of biologists found, identified, and photographed creatures that passed through the cube. David wanted to a cubic foot of a coral reef,  so he joined the Biocode team in June 2008 and placed his metal cube on the reef at Temae. The result was stunning, and Moorea's biodiversity is the highlight of his article in the current issue of National Geographic. More species and animals were found in Moorea's cubic foot than anywhere else he sampled! More information can be found on this by following this link:


Copyright David Littschwager/National Geographic

Cubic Foot National Geographic.jpg1008.46 KB